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Money couriers being robbed near Gallaudet University

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- People walking into banks with money pouches in Northeast D.C. are being watched by what police believe are a pair of robbers who have struck repeatedly.

A surveillance video from last Friday outside of a PNC bank shows a victim walking and a robber getting out of a gray car, slowly followed by the driver of that car.

Then before the female victim can make it into the bank, the robber grabs her money bag and escapes in the waiting getaway car. According to police, these robbers are specifically targeting those customers who feel safe during the day and only need to walk a couple of steps to get inside the bank.

ABC7 noticed a security guard in the PNC parking a lot for quite some time on Thursday, and most customers we told about it today were stunned.

"You can't even come to the bank anymore and handle your business," said one.

Police say victims include customers dropping off business receipts, church offerings, and anyone else with an obvious money pouch.

They are recommending that if anyone is going to make a deposit, keep everything concealed -- whether you put it under your shirt or inside of a coat.

 

The robberies have taken place between Aug. 12 and Aug. 29 at the following places:

Authorities only have vague descriptions of the suspects. Anyone with information about the crimes is asked to contact MPD detectives at (202) 727-9099.

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